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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2015

Gig City Sandy: Home of the $60 Gig

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/gig-city-sandy-home-of-the-60-gig-2/

 

 

Located at the foot of Mount Hood in Oregon, Sandy’s municipally-owned full fiber network offers gigabit Internet service for under $60 to every resident in the city. Sandy is one of the few municipal FTTH networks that has been built without having a municipal electric department.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released this short video this week about the city’s approach—it should be a model for others who want faster Internet, but remain paralyzed by the big telecom monopoly stranglehold.

City managers, frustrated that they couldn’t even get a DSL line in to City Hall started off by building their own wireless and DSL network, beginning in 2001. Today, 60% of the community has already subscribed to the Fiber-to-the-Home network, or is on a waiting list.

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 31, 2015

New Municipal Broadband Feasibility Study Underway in Firestone, CO

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/new-municipal-broadband-feasibility-study-underway-in-firestone-co/

The Board of Trustees for the city of Firestone, CO is evaluating the feasibility of a new municipal broadband service for this growing town of about 10,000 people that sits just 30 miles north of Denver. This according to a recent report in the Times-Call newspaper in Longmont, Colorado.  The feasibility study will compare Firestone’s… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2015

AT&T, Comcast, Lies Hurt Homeowners

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/att-comcast-lies-hurt-homeowners-2/

As of this January, the FCC defines broadband as 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream, but in some rural areas in the United States, people are still struggling to access DSL speeds of 768 kbps. In a few extreme cases, individuals who rely on the Internet for their jobs and livelihoods have been denied… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2015

Who Has Citywide Gigabit Internet Access for $100 or Less?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/who-has-citywide-gigabit-internet-access-for-100-or-less/

As Westminster begins serving customers with its new FTTH network and partner Ting, we were curious how many communities are there where a residential subscriber can obtain affordable gigabit access? We estimate the number of networks, large or small, where a majority of residents in a community can obtain gigabit service for $100 or less… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2015

Comcast’s Big Gig Rip-Off

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/comcasts-big-gig-rip-off-2/

For some five years now, many have been talking about gigabit Internet access speeds. After arguing for years that no one needed higher capacity connections, Comcast has finally unveiled its new fiber optic option. And as Tech Dirt notes, it is marketed as being twice as fast but costs 4x as much (even more in… Continue reading